Key points from the report

22nd June 2001 at 01:00
Only sustained effort and commitment over time can make changes to indiscipline, the task group emphasises. But key improvement themes recurred.

They are vision and leadership; the importance of high-quality learning and teaching; participation in decision-making by teachers, pupils and parents; consistency in implementing agreed policies; and holistic support through multidisciplinary approaches.

Teachers need to have and share high expectations with children, while staff responsible for the care and welfare of pupils should be given time and resources to do the job effectively.

It was "heartening", says the group, to discover that complaints from teachers about increasing demands on them from policies linked to social inclusion and alternatives to exclusion were mostly about the lack of appropriate strategies and resources.

Recommendations:

* Policy targets to be focused on school ethos and discipline and a national strategy introduced to manage the implementationof the recommendations. The Excellence Fund to focus on positive behaviour.

* Flexible provision in all secondaries and designated primaries, including in-class support and facilities to educate pupils outwith normal classes.

* A national programme on parenting skills should be developed, backed by a national campaign focusing on parents' rights and responsibilities.

* Schools to consult on a dress code in creating a learning community.

* A national system or network for passing on good practice in discipline initiatives.

* Schools to adopt policies on pupil care, welfare and discipline with attention to expectations, rules, rewards and sanctions. They should implement consistent procedures for managing pupils in and around school.

* The Scottish Executive to spread the lessons from the "staged intervention" programme now being trialled in East Ayrshire. It helps teachers to manage low-level disruption through effective classroom strategies.


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now